As a High Court judge is to rule whether bridge is a sport after a legal challenge by the English Bridge Union, ITV News takes a closer look at the popular game.
The English Bridge Union says bridge has been played all around the world for more than 100 years - an early version of the game was played in England as far back as the 16th Century.
- More than 300,000 people in Britain play it on a regular basis
- It is played by four players who form two partnerships
- In June 1995, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) admitted the World Bridge Federation (WBF) as part of the Olympic movement.
- The Soviet Union tried to replace the kings, queens and jacks of court cards with heroes of the revolution
- The odds against four players each holding all thirteen cards in a suit are 2,235,197,406,895,366,368,301,559,999 to one.
Many celebrities are also big fans of the game.
- In Moonraker, James Bond rigs the pack to deal a 34-count to Drax.
- Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft corporation, competed in the North American Mixed Team championship in 2000. He is still a very keen player.
- Omar Sharif, who died aged 83, is quoted as saying that he would,“rather be playing bridge than making a bad movie".
Every year there is a match between the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
There are many contests all over the world for bridge teams to compete.